One New $280k City Transit Bus Out Of Service Because We Cannot Afford New Tires ~ Annapolis Capital Punishment

Monday, July 26, 2010

One New $280k City Transit Bus Out Of Service Because We Cannot Afford New Tires

The wheels on this bus don't go round and round......One of four almost-new city buses that cost nearly $300,000 has been out of service since early June because the Annapolis Department of Transportation cannot afford to purchase six tires costing about $250 each or $1500 total. The city has four buses made by The Gillig Corporation of California which went in-service in January 2010. Each of these buses cost $282,282.00 and only have between 28,000 and 38,000 miles which  makes them new. Heavy duty transit buses such as these are designed and tested to last for twelve hard-driving years which could accrue many hundreds of thousands of miles.

Meanwhile the mayor holds a "Mobility Summit" where citizens, lots of city employees and other officials gathered to develop a real plan for improving local mobility are asked to provide their "ideas" about how to move Annapolis forward. I have an idea. Get our bus system under proper management and oversight so things like this don't happen. Is that a new idea? Hello? Has anyone ever been listening to these repeatedly expressed concerns about our buses which can never seem to even have working air conditioners? 

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